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Rhino poaching toll tops last year

November 25, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa

South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa

By Mic Smith

Rhino poaching has reached 1020 in South Africa exceeding last year’s record of 1004.

“Unfortunately the threat of poaching has continued to escalate while various multi-faceted interventions are being implemented by South Africa,”  South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said at a Rhino Conservation Side Event at the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney last week.

Death toll numbers include:

  • Kruger National Park 672
  • Limpopo 110
  • KwaZulu-Natal 84
  • Mpumalanga 70,
  • North West 58
  • Eastern Cape 15

“We are concerned that poaching is part of a multi-billion dollar worldwide illicit wildlife trade. Addressing the scourge is not simple,” Molewa said in Sydney.

 

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